Harford Community College has announced Dakota Smith, who graduated in June from Joppatowne High School, is the first recipient of the Success Journey Scholarship.
“As soon as I learned of the Success Journey Scholarship opportunity, I immediately thought of Dakota and that he must apply,” said Joppatowne High School Counselor Nicole Venters. “Dakota meets every requirement of the scholarship criteria and is a student focused on his educational journey.”
The new scholarship, with an annual award of $2,000, is given to a HCC student who is enrolled full time with 12+ credits, has at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA, resides in Harford County, recently graduated from a Harford County Public High School and has financial need.
Smith will attend Harford in the fall and study business with an educational goal of becoming a CPA. Success Journey Show hosts Marlon Madden and Ricky Venters met with Smith and his mother recently at HCC. They would like to serve as mentors to Smith as he moves forward in his educational journey.
“Oftentimes the final obstacle Harford’s students must overcome when seeking a higher education is a financial one,” said Denise Dregier, executive director for the Harford Community College Foundation. “We are so appreciative of generous donors like Marlon and Ricky who establish a scholarship. To have them also offer their time as mentors to one of our students is beyond generous.”
Harford Community College offers more than 90 affordable degree and certificate programs of study as well as a variety of noncredit community education and workforce development courses. HCC’s fall semester begins Aug. 22.